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Updated: Aug 04, 2021 09:58
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Welp, that darned old mask mandate is back again – but don’t worry, there’s still plenty of fun to be had while keeping yourself and others safe! Outdoors, virtual, vaxxed n’ waxxed – whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got it. Here’s what we’re most excited about for the week of 8/3/21…

This Week’s Events

Tuesday, 8/3

Author Talk: David Hoon Kim

6:00 pm | Virtual Event | Free

Join author David Hoon Kim in conversation with Kevin Brockmeier as they discuss Kim’s debut novel of grief and hidden secrets, Paris is a Party, Paris is a Ghost.

Wednesday, 8/4

The Drink and Draw Happy Hour

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm | The Knockout, 3223 Mission Street | Free

The Knockout’s Drink and Draw Happy Hour is one of my favorite regular events in the whole city, and I’m so glad it’s back! Join your hostess Miss Shannon May and DJ Tosh for a low-key hangout that is high-key fun. Draw along with the theme and compete to win fantastic prizes – don’t worry, it’s a judgment-free zone, and you don’t have to be Picasso to win!


8:00 pm | Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Avenue | $20

We’ve all got our dating-app horror stories, but I doubt you’ve heard any quite as funny as these (we can’t all be comedians, after all). Hop down to Cobb’s Comedy Club for a special presentation of the most insane Tinder dates you can imagine, along with a healthy helping of delicious schadenfreude.

Thursday, 8/5

MoAD’s Open Mic Night Featuring Raina J. León

6:00 pm | Virtual Event | Free

Every Thursday night, join the Museum of the African Diaspora for an evening of spoken word and music, featuring artists from across the Bay Area. Hosted by poet Nia McAllister, tonight’s event features poet Raina J León. Tune in to watch, or jump in and participate yourself!

NightSchool: Surviving the Deadly Bucket

7:00 pm | Virtual Event | Free

It takes a lot of effort and teamwork to save the life of a teeny baby sea turtle, especially when you have to transport it across the country. Learn from the experts and volunteers saving – and flying – hundreds of baby sea turtles from the “Deadly Bucket” in Cape Cod back to safety on the Gulf Coast each year.

Friday, 8/6

About Last Night: A One-Night Stand Storytelling Series

7:00 pm | The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street | $15

Real people, telling you their real stories – it doesn’t get any more deliciously cringeworthy than this, y’all! Ranging from filthy to frothy and back again, these hilarious personal tales of awkward sexual encounters won’t leave you regretting your choices in the morning.

Circe: The Twilight of a Goddess

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm | Point San Pablo Harbor | $120

This wildly creative immersive theatre production recontextualizes the myth of the goddess Circe with a modern twist. Performed entirely outdoors on a floating stage, featuring live piglets, Greek rites and rituals, and live music played on ancient Mediterranean instruments, dive into a world of magic and mystery, where new experiences wait around every corner. (And keep your eyes peeled for our feature article about the show for a sweet discount code!)

Saturday, 8/7

Mothership: Voyage Into Afrofuturism

11:00 am | Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland | $21

Reimagine the past, present, and future through a Black cultural lens when Mothership: Voyage Into Afrofuturism lands at OMCA. Experience the work of some of the central figures of this cultural phenomenon – author Octavia E. Butler, avant-garde jazz musician Sun Ra, filmmaker Kahlil Joseph and more.

Princess with Gottmik

10:00 pm | Oasis, 295 11th Street | $20-40

Tito Soto’s glorious drag disco dance party is always a hit, but this week’s edition is special because of its featured guest – Gottmik, the queen who broke new ground on Season 13 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Come for the queens, stay for the kings, and dance the night away in your most sickening lewks.

Sunday, 8/8

Offsite: Authors on the Street @ Inner Sunset Flea

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | San Franpsycho Stage, Inner Sunset Flea, Irving Street between 9th and 10th Avenues | Free

As you wander around this weekend’s Inner Sunset Flea Market , don’t forget to stop by the San Franpsycho Stage – there, you’ll find a real live book reading, with real live authors, and not a single Zoom screen anywhere! Featuring  writers Jazmin Darznik, Michael Warr, Emily Willingham, Jadie Jang, and Barbara Jane Reyes, and hosted by Charlie Jane Anders, this fresh-air approach to a literary event will inject some new life into your stale summer reading project.

The Robelyfe Experience

2:00 pm – sunset | Lake Merritt Amphitheatre | Free

It’s an outdoor day party experience to soothe the soul! Dance away your cares with musical performances by Memo Rex, Keith Lawrence, and Joey Alaniz until the sun sinks below the horizon.

Mark Your Calendar for Next Week

Saturday, 8/14 – Hubba Hubba Revue presents Camp Hubba Hubba

Rad Ongoing Events

Every Friday – Cheaper Than Therapy Stand-Up

And don’t forget to check out the Big Bad List of Rad Ongoing Events right here!


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Lizzie Locker - Events Editor

Lizzie Locker has been an artist, entertainer, and “glamour girl” since birth. Since 2017, Lizzie has been writing professionally for small businesses, as well as creatively. She has published essays in VIE Magazine, and has written website and social media content for pole dance studios, afterschool programs, and reference sites. At the same time, Lizzie has also continued to develop her performance career at queer nightlife events across the Bay Area. She can be found both onstage and off, reading her stories aloud in bars, emceeing drag and burlesque shows, and producing arts events that defy genre and expectation.